Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Dear Woman Here is your son

John 19: 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," 27 and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

"Dear Woman, Here is your son". This is a very touching verse to me because it shows yet another beautiful example of adoption. As Jesus was on the cross he took the time to appoint John and Mary as Mother and son. There was no paperwork, no red tape, no asking permission or jumping through hoops. Simply the Lord said it and it was so. I believe God still appoints families in this way. This is something I think I can especially relate to while going through the adoption process. It is not a matter for us that as soon as our paper work leaves 2nd Legal they will become our children. God has already appointed them to us as our children, and us as their parents. We will certainly celebrate when that is recognized by the government, however, God has said to us in His way "Jim and Angela this is your sons and daughters". That is all it took for us to have a God given love for our children as our sons and daughters papers or no papers.

Today I was reminded of this verse and touched by a woman that I really admire and respect. She is not in a situation to legally adopt a child that she loves as her son but that does not change the fact that she has a God given love for him as her son and has committed to being there for him as his Mother for the rest of his life. I think it's just a beautiful example of how we should all live. Does being a Father to the Fatherless or a Mother to the Motherless mean we have to legally adopt and bring children into our home... not if that is not part of God's plan for your life. However, look around at all the hurting children. They are not hard to find, the ones that just want someone to love them. Listen to the Lord and see if you hear him say the words to you "Dear Woman (or Man), this is your son or daughter" and then see how you can invest in that childs life allowing God to love them through you. What kind of difference could we make in this world if we all cared enough to look at the lost and hurting children and see if God says these beautiful words to you, whether it means adoption in the legal since or just commiting to being there for a child that needs you- the adoption of the heart.


Anonymous said...

Hi Angela,
I have been a "lurker" since I came across your blog while on the Haiti yahoo group. Without knowing it, you have been a blessing and encouragment to me, and I felt compelled to stop in and let you know that! Your entry today was beautiful and provides much food for thought. The theme of adoption is interwoven throughout scripture, but until you wrote this, I hadn't thought of this example. Again, thanks for sharing.

Karen from Canada

Angela said...


Glad to have you lurking but even happier to hear from you! Thank you for your kind words and for sharing in the joys or our adoptions!

Joyfully, Angela

Heather said...

What a beauitful example. Thank you for sharing that.

ange said...

you rock my sister!!! I can't wait to go and love on the kids in Haiti with you. You mean the world to me and I just love you.